Incredible trip to Prague to record Dreaming of the Masters I & IV for a release on Bent River Records in 2020. Traveling with me were soloists PJ Perry and Jim Campbell along with Raymond Baril to conduct and Paul Johnston to engineer and produce.
Check out these two great new CD's that feature my work. Canola Bloom Yellow by Remi Noel, which has a couple of tracks I arranged and Reverence by Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet, which features my composition Morse.
I had an incredible trip to Russia where on March 16, 2019 the Ulyanovsk State Symphony Orchestra dedicated an entire night to my music. Works performed included; On the Shoulders of Giants, Always Be True, Shadows & Light and Dreaming of the Masters I.
August 1, 2019 World premiere of Brazilian Nights. This work for Clarinet, String Quartet and Piano was commissioned to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Festival of Sound in Parry Sound, Ontario.
December 7, 2019 Premiere of six new arrangements for the Saskatoon Symphony, featuring Dean McNeill and Elly Thorn.
October 20, 2019 River City Big Band plays the music of Miles Davis - 7:30pm Yardbird Suite, Edmonton
January 20, 2020 River City Big Band McLab Centre, Leduc
January 21, 2020 River City Big Band Betty Andrews Recital Hall, Edmonton
March 20, 2020 Premiere of new work for Wind Ensemble, University of Saskatchewan Wind Band
April 3, 2020 Premiere of wind band version of Pipe Dreams, James Walker - flute with the University of Southern California Wind Band
April 22, 2020 Dreaming of the Masters IV, PJ Perry and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
May 3, 2020 Premiere of Concerto for Flute and Violin Alberta Baroque Ensemble
May 9, 2020 River City Big Band, Betty Andrews Recital Hall, Edmonton
July 6-12, 2020 New work for trumpet and wind band for Dean McNeill and the Edmonton Winds, premiered on their European tour
Before the end of the year I will write six arrangements for the Saskatoon Symphony for their Christmas concert. Four will feature vocalist Elly Thorn and two will feature my long time collaborator and friend Dean McNeill.
I am currently working on a large work for Wind Band commissioned by the University of Saskatchewan. The work was commissioned by band's conductor Darren Oekerling in honour of the exoneration of Chief Poundmaker.
Next is my fourth commission for the Alberta Baroque Ensemble. This one will be a concerto for Violin and Flute to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
In the new year I will write a new work for trumpet and wind band to feature Dean McNeill with the Edmonton Wind's on their 2020 European tour.
I'm very excited to be adapting Pipe Dreams, the flute concerto I wrote for James Walker, for the University of Southern California Wind Band conducted by H. Robert Reynolds.
Finally, I have started work on a new musical/opera to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of MacEwan University. Vern Theissen will write the book and the Royce Varvek will be the librettist. We are currently considering a few works to adapt and are looking in to acquiring the rights...more to come:-)